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Studies in the Psychosocial

Young Children’s Existential Encounters

Authors: Simopoulou, Zoi

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  • Explores five children’s existential encounters in their ordinary life at the nursery
  • Discusses how adults can use their own existential encounters to understand those of children
  • Forges the path for psychosocial literature to look beyond the experiences of adults alone
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About this book

This book is a psychoanalytic observation of five children’s existential encounters in their ordinary life at the nursery. It is among the first within psychosocial literature to go beyond adult experiences and explore the existential in young children’s lives as it plays out in their everydayness in symbolic and sensory articulations and in relationship with others; including with the author as someone who arrived looking for it. The author offers analysis in the form of a writing inquiry into meaning, by means of an on-going movement between the self and the other, the interior and the exterior, and psychoanalytic and existential-phenomenological ideas. This is illustrated through a kaleidoscopic account of May, Nadia, Edward, Baba and Eilidhs’ encounters with nothingness, strangeness, ontological insecurity, death and selfhood as these emerged in the time they spent with the author embodying different forms – from concrete objects to dreams – exemplifying an attunement to existential ubiquity. With its relational ground, this work suggests the potential for adults – including researchers, therapists, trainees, educators and parents – to attune to their own existential encounters as a path to understanding those of children.

About the authors

Zoi Simopoulou is a practicing Art Therapist and Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She trained in therapeutic work with children and young people with a focus on psychoanalytic observation and reflexive practice at Human Development Scotland. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-10841-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-10840-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Young Children’s Existential Encounters
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10841-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10841-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10840-3
Series ISSN
2662-2629
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 244
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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